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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Idiot of the Week: Rep... · 3 replies · +1 points
First of all, have you ever been to school? If you don't fit in, the entire experience can be hell on a kid. I was bullied all the time, and it helped turn me into a very angry and vindictive person, for a long time. Point being kids are vicious, and good at creating new ways to make each other suffer, for fun and social status.
Now, you want to tell me that you don' think there is ANY room between acceptable social behavior and inciting a damn riot?? Do you know how ridiculous you sound? Do you have any idea how many ways there are to torment someone that have nothing to do with physical assault?
I do not know the language of this law, but it HAS just legitimized anti-gay bigotry, and religious bullying... most abhorrently, even on the part of the staff! Now there is truly no one for these kids to turn to for help. In my own case, it did get so bad that I was not ashamed to ask school authorities for help, and they were able to give me some protection. The very idea that my tormentors could claim a defense based on a hateful and primitive religious doctrine turns my stomach even today!
Of course room must be left for "social conflict." This allowance has absolutely nothing to do with systematic abuse, which (you apparently may be surprised to learn) is the very definition of bullying. Adults are (largely) mature enough not to need these protections... not because they are immune from bullying, but because adults are typically content to ostracize someone rather than actively make sport of rendering them miserable. Our children, on the other hand, often very much love the thrill of torture, and exist in a social bubble that allows and sometimes even condones this behavior. If we need legal protection to pop that bubble with a reality check, and make these kids realize the deep, life altering consequences their "fun" can wreak? So be it.
11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Idiot of the Week: Sta... · 2 replies · -1 points
In the mean time, is it really worth an 'idiot of the week' if people don't include the skeptical opinion in every ghost story? I mean, I think it's more or less understood! You could boil it down to a disclaimer: there is still no scientific evidence of ghosts. Holy smokes, really!? I had no idea! WHY DID NOBODY EVER TELL ME!?!? Sure, someone who needs that disclaimer to be there is an idiot. Ask yourself - are you one of those people?
In the end, it's not unheard of for people to have experiences like this, and some people find the phenomenon fascinating. At worst, it's harmless speculation, and in any case it's good entertainment! There's no need to get out of sorts simply because science does not yet fully understand the mechanism behind these experiences.
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Empathizing With Chris... · 0 replies · 0 points
I simply can't see religion as all bad. Though I certainly disagree very sharply with a large number of Christians I come into contact with, I do at least recognize the baby in the bathwater. There's a decent message and ethical system buried in there, it's just buried a bit too deeply for my taste. Too much static on the line. Agnostic theism can still have an important and positive role to play in our times - I think it just needs a bit of an update.
11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Real Christians Don\'t... · 2 replies · +1 points
"Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."
Talk about LAZY... or shall we chalk this one up to willful ignorance?
Also, you seem to have missed the sarcasm. There was sarcasm there. Now you know. Thank me later.
11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - What is Your Argument ... · 0 replies · +1 points
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11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Religious Stupidity vs... · 1 reply · 0 points
11 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Encourage the Montreal... · 0 replies · +8 points
If you're the only one getting mad, you're doing it wrong!